5 Simple Ways to increase wellbeing in the office
If you’re a business owner, you’ll know how important it is to look after your workforce. Ensuring that your employees are happy and healthy is your duty, and it can only do your business good if they feel well looked after. You’ll want productivity to be at its optimum, and positive staff wellbeing will undoubtedly contribute to that. Investing in a few simple home comforts will go a long way to making your team feel happier whilst in the workplace.
Here are 5 simple and inexpensive ideas:
Install a Water Cooler
Drinking water regularly throughout the day is important to our overall health. The recommendation is for humans to consume 8 glasses per day. By installing a water cooler, this can benefit your staff, as it will help stop dehydration, improve brain function thus maximising productivity. A water cooler can be particularly handy if your workforce don’t have easy access to a mains water supply.
Inject some colour
There’s nothing more boring than a bland workspace. By injecting a little colour, your employees will feel more alert and focussed. Bright colour helps to suppress those melatonin hormones which aid sleep, and will boost energy as well as making the office feel more vibrant. We don’t suggest that you paint your whole space pillar box red or anything, but one bright feature wall may just be enough to change your surroundings from bland to bold!
Keep it clean
By investing in a regular contract clean, you’ll not only be looking after your premises, but the health and wellbeing of your staff. Germs can multiply at an alarming rate, and during cold and flu season the spread of infection can be ferocious. By regular cleaning of both high traffic areas, and high usage equipment you’ll ensure the transference of infection is kept to a minimum, as well as having premises that look clean and tidy to staff and visitors alike. If the budget won’t stretch that far then issue each employee with some anti-bacterial wipes so that they can rid their own equipment of germs and bacteria.
Offer healthy snacks
By offering your workforce some free fruit, it’s a cheap way to encourage healthy eating, whilst giving a boost to energy levels. When we’re feeling lethargic, the easiest way to boost our sugar levels is to reach for a chocolate bar, but fruit is just as effective in achieving that boost. For a slow release energy lift, flapjack made with agave syrup rather than refined sugar is a super healthy snack, and when it’s homemade it’s super cost effective too!
So many of us sit at our desks throughout our lunch breaks. This really doesn’t give us the break we need, and isn’t conducive to concentration and productivity for the rest of the day. As an employer, you can’t force your staff to leave the office for some fresh air at lunch time, but you could make a break room which is both a comfortable and work free zone. Make some room for a comfy sofa, or a couple of giant bean bags, so that your employees take a break from their PCs, eat some lunch in comfort, and may even take a 10 minute power nap if they need it!